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The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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Faranae
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I almost forgot to post my monthly round up! Lots of short reads. I tagged Styles because I didn't want to tag something I already had and none of the other books really stood out. Or well, if they did, it was for the wrong reasons. The Pride activity book was actually terrible! The meditation book was ableist, classist, and uninformative! The rest were basically fine, though Sam is My Sister was definitely inferior as a trans narrative.

Faranae Necklothitania is hilarious and I'll tag it in a review post another time, but I have to add it to Litsy. 2mo
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AroundTheBookWorld
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Christinak
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After a run of nonfiction reads I have decided to pick up a comfort read. What is more comforting than a British murder mystery? So up next - Poirot book one.
Jolly good!

dabbe I read this last year and loved it! 🤩 3mo
rabbitprincess Probably my favourite Agatha Christie! Also I love the Fontana paperback covers of her books 😆 3mo
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Mitch
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Thanks for the tag @Cuilin
1- Gotta love Miss Marple
2- Dr Will Raven & Sarah Fisher
3- Charlotte Holmes

#TLT

dabbe I bet you could list a ton! I've never heard of #2, so that's on my TBR. And I can't believe I haven't read a Charlotte Holmes one when Sherlock is my all-time fave. You gave me some detective food-for-thought! Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I really enjoyed the Charlotte Holmes series too. 3mo
Cuilin Love these and for fun there‘s also Enola Holmes @Dabbe (edited) 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin She's on the list, too! 🤩 3mo
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SomedayAlmost
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Such fun! Highly recommend the audiobook from the Libby public library system. Poirot and poison are a clever, entertaining couple.

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Jen2
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I just love these books.

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SomedayAlmost
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Can‘t go wrong with the fabulous Poirot! Enjoying my re-read (re-listen) choice for Mass Center for the Book reading challenge. (Jan=reread.)

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OutsmartYourShelf
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The first book to feature Hercule Poirot is told from the point of view of Arthur Hastings, a soldier on leave from the Front in WWI. Hastings visits an old friend, John Cavendish who lives at Styles Court owned by his stepmother, Emily Inglethorp. John's wife, his younger brother, Lawrence, & a family friend, Cynthia Murdoch also live there, along with Emily's new husband, younger man, Alfred Inglethorp. (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf When Emily suddenly dies & the local doctor is certain that it is murder, Hastings is relieved to run into Hercule Poirot, a former detective in the Belgian police force who is now a refugee living near Styles Court & whose benefactor was the same Emily Inglethorp. Poirot agrees to investigate Emily's murder & uncovers a family full of secrets, resentment, & greed. 4mo
OutsmartYourShelf I've seen the TV adaptations of the books starring David Suchet but I really couldn't remember this one. It's incredibly well thought out & kept me guessing - I only hope the rest of the books follow suit. 4🌟

TWs: antisemitism, racism.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4915426668
Read 3rd-4th Jan 2024

#ReadAway2024 #BacklistReadathon #SeriesLove2024 #192025 (1920)
#WinterCosy #WinterClearDown
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DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
Librarybelle Good choice for the #192025 challenge! 4mo
TheSpineView Great job!🌞 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Andrew65 The start of a great series, although dated now with some views expressed or words used. 4mo
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5feet.of.fury
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I think this is my first Agatha Christie (that I actually finished? I‘ve started Death on the Nile twice but there were too many people & I lost concentration.) And it was really good, unsurprisingly.
Hercule Poirot investigates a murder & uncovers a will that could be the key. Told from the perspective of his friend who sometimes finds him to be a crackpot.

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CogsOfEncouragement
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Christie‘s first novel, the 14th I‘ve read. Entertaining locked room mystery. #scarathlon
#teamBOOklovers #BOOklovers

AkashaVampie I just finished listening to this last night. My first read of Mrs. Christie. 7mo
CogsOfEncouragement @AkashaVampie You started at the start. 😃 My favorite so far is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 7mo
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rachelk
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This is the first Poirot murder mystery that Agatha Christie wrote and I enjoyed the introduction to his character. I‘ve been reading them out of order off and on for years, so like most people I know what to expect — a complex whodunnit with an upstairs/downstairs cast of characters (or should I say suspects?!) and all the answers revealed at the end.

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Monica5
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First book Agatha Christie wrote. It kept me interested. I listened to the Audiobook. I enjoyed the narrator. This book is where we first meet Poirot. I have read a few of her books, but thought I would start with her first one and see how she changed her writing, if she did.

17th book #SummerEndReadathon @TheSpineView
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheSpineView Great progress! 8mo
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AroundTheBookWorld
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Lizpixie
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Bk10of my #BookMail is another of the Special Editions of Dame Agatha‘s novels. This was her debut novel way back in 1920 & the first Poirot story. A refugee of WWI, Poirot has resettled in England, near the estate of his host Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned, Poirot makes it his first investigation in his new country. Dame Agatha was just finding her feet with this book, but it‘s still well worth a read.

kezzlou85 Beautiful edition. 11mo
Ruthiella I‘m so tempted to get myself one (or all) of those beautiful editions! 😍 11mo
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Lizpixie
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Haven‘t been reading much unfortunately, it‘s been hectic here for lots of reasons, but I wanted to post my recent #BookMail for you guys. 1st up is this Special edition of the original Poirot novel. After the Great War, Captain Hastings recuperates at the country estate of Styles, until a murder happens. But Hastings knows a retired Belgian police officer who is a refugee living nearby & is thrilled to use his “little grey cells”.

kezzlou85 Beautiful edition. 13mo
Ruthiella Very pretty! 😍 13mo
LeahBergen So pretty! 13mo
Read4life Beautiful. Hope things settle down soon. 13mo
CarolynM I‘ve not been around much for the last week, so just trying to catch up with everyone. Sorry to hear you‘ve been having difficulties. Hope things are looking up now😘😘 (edited) 13mo
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bookaddict30
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Rating: 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Even tho ive watched MANY TV Adaptions of Hercule Poirot over the years , ive NEVER Read any in Agatha Christie's Book Series so i thought this year was the perfect time to devour into this series and im so glad i did. I truly enjoyed this one so much which made it hard to put this one down since so much happened that i was intrigued to find out WHO committed the Murder at Styles.

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Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Classic
Agatha Christie's debut novel was also the first to feature Hercule Poirot, her famously eccentric Belgian detective. A refugee of the Great War, Poirot has settled in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work.

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JackOBotts
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My first Agatha Christie I‘m some time. I enjoyed seeing Poirot in action.

My edition of the book included a Wikipedia summary (located on the first few pages) that included spoilers! 😆🤷🏻‍♀️

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JackOBotts
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The format of this (inexpensive) edition is amusing. I feel like I‘m reading an e-book in paperback form….

Bookwomble It looks like it's been printed off Project Gutenberg 😄 1y
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IndoorDame
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I‘ve been wanting a Painted Edition for a while now so it was especially fun to read from this! Poirot is such a great character! I always picture him with deep crinkles around his eyes, constantly laughing to himself about how blind all his companions are. #MarvellousMarch #BirthdayPixieReadathon #Pantone2023 #MochaMousse @Andrew65 @tpixie @Clwojick

jlhammar Beautiful! 1y
batsy That's gorgeous! 1y
Andrea313 So beautiful! I love these editions! 1y
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tpixie Beautiful cover! Agatha Christie named her home Styles- after this book! 1y
IndoorDame @tpixie what a cool tidbit! 1y
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My highlight from this week would have to be finishing The Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale, but I‘m really enjoying most of what I‘m currently reading which is such an exciting change because lots of things had been striking me as meh lately, and I was starting to wonder if it was more my frame of mind than my reading choices… #bookreport #weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Excellent week!!! Glad your books are landing better / I know that feeling when it‘s all #MoreMehThanYeah 1y
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January reads wrap up in my new reading journal. #january #wrapup

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LiteraryinLawrence
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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I‘ve read this several times but it had been a while. As per usual I did not remember everything that happened (mystery book rereads= one time when that really comes in handy for me!), so it was delightful to rediscover it. I just love Agatha. 💗💗💗

Susanita Handsome feline! 1y
LitStephanie That kitty clearly solved the mystery! 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I‘m turning to my Litsy friends who are fellow Agatha Christie devotees. I‘m planning my second tattoo, which I want to represent Poirot and Miss Marple. 💗💗 My first tattoo is a quote from Pride and Prejudice; this time, I want images rather than words.

~~If you were going to represent Agatha/Poirot/Marple visually, what images would you choose?~~

Thanks, friends!! (And here are some rereads I‘d like to do for “research” 😋)

LiteraryinLawrence So far my ideas are a teacup or a ball of yarn plus knitting needles for Marple. And the silhouette with the bowler hat/mustache/bow tie for Poirot. But those things don‘t seem to go together…? 1y
LiteraryinLawrence #goldenagecrimeclub I‘m not a member of the club, but I would love your opinions on this! 💗 #agathachristie 1y
mrsmarch @LiteraryinLawrence Poirot‘s profile is in silhouette on the teacup, with the knitting needles resting on the saucer. 1y
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mrsmarch Maybe a pocket watch set to 4:50, and a ticket for the Blue Train or the Orient Express? 1y
MissHel Maybe Poirot‘s mustache and Miss Marple‘s knitting needles? The needles could be knitting a bottle of poison. 1y
LiteraryinLawrence @mrsmarch @MissHel These are such creative ideas! Thank you! 1y
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I may be the last mystery lover here to find the ‘All About Agatha‘ podcast, but at least I eventually discovered it! I decided to read each book and then listen to the podcast. I am very pleased so far. The podcast truly enhanced my read of her first book and it gave food for thought. I look forward to the next. Fortunately it has been 10+ years since I last read any Christie, so it feels like a new read since I recall little.

Bluebird #52bookclub23. #acharacterwhoisarefugee in this book, Poirot is a refugee from Belgium during WWI. Decided to use this one since I believe this is one of the more challenging prompts for me to complete. (edited) 1y
Librarybelle You‘re not the last - I‘m not familiar with the podcast! I‘ll have to check it out! 1y
KarenUK Me neither! I‘m definitely gonna check it out! 1y
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Bluebird @Librarybelle @KarenUK yay! Glad I‘m not the only one who never heard of this. I hope you enjoy it! 1y
BarbaraBB I used to be such an Agatha Christie fan! This podcast sounds great, as does your idea to read a book, then listen to it! 1y
Cinfhen Count me in as another newbie!! I‘m still not a huge podcast listener but I love the idea behind this one. Thanks for sharing ❤️🎧 1y
Bluebird @BarbaraBB it may take me a few years to get to them all. Lol. I am planning to read at least one per month. Only 65 to go! 😂 1y
Bluebird @Cinfhen i‘m not much of a podcast listener either. This is only the 2nd one I‘ve started. 1y
Cuilin @Bluebird are you reading them in order? I‘ve read a few, but out of sequence, I just bought The murder of Roger Ackroyd. 1y
Bluebird @cuilin yes, i‘m reading them in order—to follow the pocast. Next up is The Secret Adversary (edited) 1y
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dabbe
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I sort of enjoyed this first introduction to the infamous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. After reading THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR, which takes place at the home of Agatha and Archie Christie, Styles, I had to read this one, which is based loosely on the infamous home of the Christies. Christie is a master at building suspense, but in this one, all Poirot does is never tell Hastings anything. A fun and gripping read, but not Christie's best.

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3✨ The first Hercule Poirot mystery. This involves a very rich woman who was poisoned. There was a lot of back and forth with how the poison got into her system. I was not very engaged in this one as much as others. However, I did enjoy how it shifted quite a few times to keep you guessing. For word search there was 235(10)+ 15 for genre and 1 participation post point =2,366 #Scarathon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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Listening to The Mysterious Affair At Styles via the Phoebe Reads A Mystery podcast!

This one definitely fits for 'killer' for today's #ScarathlonDailyPrompt!

#Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash

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mandarchy
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This quote 😆. I've only read 2 Christie books. Both times I was startled by the vocabulary. The 1st time was reading the Orient Expess. The book was cataloged in my gradeschool library and included the word orgy. This time I was shocked by the 20th century normative racist mores. 😳 I wasn't expecting it. I think people read books like this for the same reason I got sucked into Downton Abbey. If someone could just tell me what that reason is..?

mandarchy I can't help but point out that the word orgy also appears in Peter Pan. When these books were published it just meant crazy party. My grandfather used to refer to the crazy stuff kids did as orgies. So unsettling to hear gramps say it 😳 2y
KathyWheeler There‘s a lot of very casual racism and anti-foreign sentiment in Christie‘s novels. I just started reading her books a few years ago and was very shocked by it. 2y
Scochrane26 I like Christie books because she usually has a creative ending & they‘re fast reads. The racism & foreigner references I try to ignore, as well as the term “old pussies”, which is used often in the Miss Marple series lol 2y
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mandarchy @KathyWheeler what a relief publishers are finally publishing alternate perspectives and making casual racism (never should have been a thing) unacceptable. I think I'll return to the 21st century. 2y
mandarchy @Scochrane26 this last week that has been the p word, I had to hear Colbert joke about T grabbing it to finally get what the p word was. I work with children. Swearing is so out of my norm. The p word is poop where I work. 2y
Scochrane26 @mandarchy I typically hate the p word, but it makes me laugh when I read it in a Christie book, maybe because I know it means something different. 2y
mandarchy @Scochrane26 we had a cat dish labeled with the p word in the '80s. It was so fun to wait for our exchange students to ask about it. That word is not a problem for me and that's why I wondered why they said p-word instead of pussy in the news. I was more shocked by the use of the n word in the book. 2y
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#192025 #challenge
Ok, I went on book sites to order an inexpensive copy and found this edition for about $6. But in truth it was the cover art that prompted me to buy it. What I did not realize was that it is like an 8x11 magazine!

Librarybelle How awesome! 2y
tokorowilliamwallace Yes, like a literary magazine. Nice edition! One of the benefits of thrifting or buying secondhand is the older editions one can find---makes it more interesting. 2y
kspenmoll @tokorowilliamwallace @Librarybelle Totally agree with you both! 2y
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Magpiegem
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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28/22 In the UK David Suchet IS Poirot. As a mystery fan, Agatha Christie, is hugely lacking from my life. Although I did watch Poirot in the 90s. I‘m starting from the beginning and I‘m going to work my way through them all starting with this one published in 1920. It was interesting to see the character of Poirot begining to develop and I enjoyed the courthouse scenes. But Hastings… what a twit 😂 #booked2022 #adaptedforthesmallscreen

Cinfhen Love both the review and the accompanying photo 😍 2y
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Magpiegem
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I‘m having a real murder mystery week, this is my current listen that I got a large way through in my evening walk with the sheep yesterday. I was i was listening to the Currently Reading Podcast and felt realised I have never actually read any Agatha Christie so I have decided to read Poirot in order (although not all at once!) after this I must leave Murder behind for book club and #booked2022 reads for the rest of June!

Cathythoughts Beautiful green land 💫 2y
EvieBee Wow! What a view! 2y
Magpiegem @cathythoughts & @EvieBee thank you 😊 we are really lucky our house looks out to sea and backs onto the South Downs national park so there is always something lovely to look at 2y
mandarchy I'm right behind. I made it a reading goal this year to read some Agatha Christie and just started this book today. 2y
Magpiegem @mandarchy oh good! I will have someone to compare notes with 2y
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SolaRaynor
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The first Poirot mystery. Loved it!

aa_guer2021 My hubby and I just watched Death on the Nile and it made me remember how much I enjoy his peculiar style! Stacked 2y
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Very well way to describe Poirot to those who do not know how he works. This was apparently Agatha‘s first mystery novel, which introduced Poirot. Haven read other books of Hers, this was quite tame. Though it was no less conniving. A family murder mystery, questions between both dies of this half family. Which made it little difficult to know who was on which side. Still a good read to get the worrying at that period.
#AgathaChristie

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Stressful times at work call for Phoebe reads a mystery! I‘m starting right at the beginning with the mysterious affair at styles in proper early pandemic style.

And a quick #bfc22 update - I‘ve had a promising first week of February and managed I think 3 workouts in the first week. All a bit exhausting but let‘s hope I keep this up! @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! Way to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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The was amusing to come across. If not just People must really believe that. Both that they‘d be able to just know who the culprit was, but that family would know. That final chapter piece is exactly what Poirot does every mystery! Especially funny knowing this was Agatha‘s first mystery novel with him.
#AgathaChristie

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Book 8/150 for 2022.

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Caterina
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A fun little #SerialReader lark! My first Poirot and second Agatha Christie - I'm excited to see her more developed skills in later novels! Fun twists and turns from the POV of a naive Watson-like Hastings who's hanging out with a quirky Holmes-like Poirot. Not a particularly sad murder, so there's a fun focus on clues and all the little intrigues of the household! ⭐⭐⭐/5 #Poirot @SerialReader

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I could not put this book down once the investigation started rolling. That said, the narrator was driving me nuts. Though it kind of makes me laugh considering this is Dame Agatha‘s impression of what goes on inside the mind of a upper class young man. Basically not much. The mystery was absolutely fantastic and I already want to dive back in to find the clues in real time. Thank you a great first #nwyd22 @MatchlessMarie 😁! ⬇️

Zuhkeeyah I‘m going to spread out my #nywd22 list throughout the year. @monalyisha 2y
RaeLovesToRead Haha, yeah Captain Hastings is so much more irritating in the books than on TV 😄 2y
monalyisha Fun! And yeah — you‘ve met the January requirement! Your list is yours to do with as you wish. I‘m glad you like it enough to continue! 2y
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I decided to start my year off with #SerialReader and chose this book because I remember enjoying the only Agatha Christie I've read: And Then There Were None. Also, this genre seems like a good vibe for a book I read in daily snippets on my phone! 👍 @SerialReader

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OK, count me among the new Agatha Christie fans. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with Hercule Poirot. He seems to have sprung fully formed from Ms. Christie's head.

This checks the Hercule Poirot box for the #cloakanddaggerchristmas challenge!
@merelybookish

merelybookish Congrats! Was this your first time reading Christie? 2y
DrexEdit @merelybookish Yes, it was! I'm late to the game. 😄 2y
RaeLovesToRead I love Poirot! (And the challenge) ? I'm going to read a Poirot for "bilingual detective" I think! 2y
DrexEdit @RaeLovesToRead Oh, I hadn't thought of that! 😄 👍 2y
vivastory I 💙Christie & Poirot 2y
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dreamingpoet
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I absolutely adore Poirot. My favourite of Agatha Christie‘s series‘.

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Zuhkeeyah
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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Thanks for a great #newyearwhodis list @MatchlessMarie 😁

As a fan of mystery novels I‘m embarrassed to admit I‘ve never read any Agatha Christie though it‘s always on my classic reading TBR. With that in mind, I think my first read will be A.C..

Thanks for setting everything up @monalyisha

monalyisha You‘re welcome! I hope you have fun! 2y
MatchlessMarie It was my first time too! Been meaning to pick it up for a long time. I am a big fan of Richard Armitage as a narrator though which is what I think finally pushed me to read it. 😅 2y
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